Scott Wiener undermines local control on housing
From the Berkeley Daily Planet:
by Zelda Bronstein
January 13, 2017
2017 is already shaping up as a year in which local control of development will come under unprecedented assault in California and in the Bay Area in particular.
We have rookie State Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 35, submitted only a few hours after Wiener was sworn in to office on December 5. Still in placeholder form, the measure would put legal teeth into the state’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation and force cities to “meet” the allocation allotted to them by the state. This radical proposal—as Tim Redmond has observed, it could set off a housing war—did not appear on Wiener’s campaign website, nor, to my knowledge, did he ever he mention it on the campaign trail.
And now a new, Bay Area-centric attack on local control is on the way, via the Association of Bay Area Governments’ proposal to have the U.S. Economic Development Administration certify our region as a federal Economic Development District (EDD). Planning for this initiative began in June 2015, when ABAG staff broached the idea to the agency’s Executive Board and Regional Planning Committee...
Wiener has always been an elitist, though his intellectual credentials are questionable. See Supervisor Wiener: Worst city legislator---again